Spanish Police have proved that karma always comes back around, by forcing a man who threw a fridge off a cliff to carry it back up himself.
The Guardia Civil managed to identify a man who was filmed joking about ‘recycling’ the refrigerator and could now charge him for a possible ‘environmental crime.’
However, the man clearly didn’t think there would be any consequences to his fly-tipping as the full video revealed his vehicle’s full license plate number on full display.
Los compañeros del Seprona ha identificado a este hombre que se grabó lanzando un frigorífico en un monte.👏👏 pic.twitter.com/zdubu2ZxBx
— AUGC Guardia Civil (@AUGC_Comunica) July 31, 2019
Meanwhile, the person behind the camera and the man can be heard joking ‘let’s recycle it’ while debating ‘how many flips it can do’ as the fridge falls at rapid speed.
Another video shared on social media showed a man showing a washing machine down a hillside in the same area of Spain.
🔹Los compañeros del Seprona #GuardiaCivil también están investigando este otro vídeo donde se aprecia como tiran una lavadora a una ladera.
La investigación sigue abierta para esclarecer todos estos hechos. pic.twitter.com/1alCPBW5BI
— AUGC Guardia Civil (@AUGC_Comunica) August 1, 2019
The Guardia Civil confirmed both incidents were under investigation, as well as the man’s employer – a domestic appliance distribution firm – after they failed to prove they were disposing of appliances using an authorised agent.
Around 50 washing machines were reportedly found stored in the outer courtyard of a warehouse amid dry vegetation, according to a press release from police.
Now, a video has been released by police showing the two men struggling to drag the appliance up from the bottom of the ravine in the southern province of Almeria.
Check it out below:
A court will now decide whether the man who threw the fridge will face an administrative fine or a bigger fine under the penal code for an environmental crime, Luis González, a Guardia Civil spokesman, told CNN.
Anyone caught fly-tipping in Spain could face a fine of up to €1,500 for leaving rubbish in the wrong place.
Just like in the UK, residents in Spain pay taxes to cover the cost of refuse collection, which is known as a ‘Basura’ and is paid annually to an agency called SUMA.
Under Spanish law, there’s no definition of organised environmental crime, however the European country resorted to using criminal law to protect the environment after following guidance from the European Union in 2008.
The Spanish police have delivered the message that you will be held responsible for your actions, and you will be made to deal with the consequences, quite perfectly.
And let’s face it, it was pretty satisfying to watch the men struggle to carry the consequences of their actions.
Bravo, Guardia Civil.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.